- Friendliness. We have been to churches where not one person said hello to us. It was often a great disappointment since we may have liked the church if it weren't for the lack of greeting, which may be a reason for a second visit. It may be that the church did not have sufficient people that day to greet people. Or it was because the church didn't have a greeting ministry, which is not a good thing for a church because God's second command is love one another. Church is the best place to do that.
- Music. This is a personal preference really. I like my music in church to be comtemporary, but reverant and kind of loud. But you may want a more traditional music service with hymns. There are many kinds of churches and therefore many kinds of music inside. But getting back to our preference: we want to hear not only good music with a band including guitars and drums on stage but more than two songs during the worship time. Two songs is really not enough time to empty your mind of stress and whose turn it is to take the trash out and turn your thoughts to God and how awesome He is. I want to feel free to raise my hands when I praise God. In some churches, I don't feel comfortable doing that. And you may not do that so it is not as important to you. So you need to go to several places to find out what you like.
- Preaching. We've been to one church where the pastor almost put us to sleep. If you learn nothing during the sermon, it is not a place you can grow spiritually. And that is the purpose of going to church: the preaching and the people. The Bible says, continue “meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.” Mostly importantly, is getting to know the people of the church. I have met some of my best friends in churches I have attended in the past. But also, church is for instruction, as the verse says, so you can grow closer to God. He put us on this earth with other people so that we could love each other and help each other in many different ways.
- Helping others. Not only are you at a church to learn from others but to minister to those people. You may have a gift like teaching young children or teens, organizing events or taking a turn in the church nursery. And one day you will be mature spiritually and able to help someone through something you have been through.
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My newest devotional is called "Keep It Simple Christian" This devotional is for people who have just given their lives and hearts to God, renewing their commitment or even those desiring a closer walk with God. You may not be sure what that means. How should your life change? What do you need to know about God and the Bible that will help you live as a “good Christian?” How do you live for His Kingdom and not “in the world?” These are all questions that will be answered in this devotional.